Tribute to the late great Donna Summer

Best known for energetic pulsating dance hits such as “Hot Stuff”, “ I Feel Love, Bad Girls” and “Last Dance”. Donna Summer was born LaDonna Adrian Gaines on 31st December 1948. She was brought up as one of seven children of a devoutly Christian family, and had learned to sing in the church choir, and began performing professionally in the late 1960s after landing a part in Hair. She achieved fame after signing as a solo artist to the pioneering disco label, Casablanca, in 1975 and her soaring voice and effervescent stage presence  helped to propel her first single “Love to Love You Baby” to No 4 in the UK charts and ignited the disco craze of the 1970s,  providing the soundtrack to a dance movement defined by sex, drugs and extravagant clothes although she was the very antithesis of a fast-living disco diva off-stage. Her hit singles “She Works Hard For The Money“  and State of Independence also became  anthems for the women’s rights movement during the 80′s.

After having a glittering career that spanned four decades,  Donna Summer sadly passed away on 17th May 2012 in Florida, while attempting to put the finishing touches to her 24th album after having a short but acute battle with lung cancer which she beleived was the result of inhaling toxic dust from the collapsed Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in the aftermath of 9/11 terror attack. During her incredible music career Summer made 24 albums which put the disco into discography, won five Grammys and in 2012 she was a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to celebrate her extraordinary life,long-lasting career and her continuing legacy.

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